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Visiting Conway circuit safely
Getting there and getting around
Forestry Road from Airlie Beach
Travel west along Shute Harbour Road for about 10km and turn left onto Brandy Creek Road. Follow this road onto Forestry Road through to the car park. This is the start of the Conway circuit.
Forestry Road from the Bruce Highway
One kilometre north of Proserpine (or 65km south of Bowen), turn off the highway onto Shute Harbour Road. Travel 12km before turning right onto Brandy Creek Road. Follow this road, and then Forestry Road through to the car park.
Impulse Creek crossing
Rain in the upper catchment of Impulse Creek can cause water levels to rise rapidly at the crossing on the Conway circuit.
The water at the crossing can be deceptive and be moving faster than it appears. The creek bed is unstable and loose rocks may move underfoot.
- Check the flow and depth of the water carefully before entering.
- Stay in the middle of the crossing where wire has been laid down to aid traction.
- Do not attempt to cross the creek when flooded.
- Wear appropriate safety gear and be realistic about your cycling abilities.
- Give way to people on foot.
- Slow down when approaching other trail users and alert others when approaching.
- Avoid skidding and sliding—you could collide with other trail users and damage the track surface.
- Never walk or ride alone—in case of accident, others in your group could assist.
Food and water
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, especially when walking up steep slopes in humid conditions.
- Fill water containers at every tank.
- Remember to treat all tank water before use.
- Carry food and a first-aid kit.
- Wear sturdy, enclosed boots or shoes. Surfaces can be slippery.
- Take warm clothes and raincoats—weather can change quickly.
- Wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
- A helmet approved to Australian Standards (AS 2063) is mandatory when mountain biking.
- Gloves and cycling glasses are highly recommended.
Avoid the elements
- Avoid walking in extreme heat or high fire danger.
- Carry plenty of drinking water.
- Avoid creek crossings during floods or after heavy rain.
- Plan to complete your walk well before dark.
- Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Don't get lost—stay on marked tracks.
- Shortcuts cause erosion and often are dead ends.
Serious injuries have happened, even to experienced bushwalkers and mountain bike riders. Don't leave things to chance.
- Know your location at all times—use a paper map and compass for longer walks or rides, as GPS or mobile phones may not work.
- Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Ensure an experienced adult accompanies children.
- Obey all safety and warning signs.
In an emergency
- In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
- Stay on the trail.
- There is occasional mobile network coverage at elevated points along the trail between Mount Hayward lookout and Airlie Beach.
- Otherwise, send help to either end of the trail.
- Carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) and activate it if necessary.
- Know your location at all times—follow your movements on a map and heed all trail signs giving location information.
Essentials to bring
You must be fully self-sufficient. Local facilities are limited. Your camping equipment should include the following:
- first-aid kit—know how to use it
- adequate clothing—be prepared for all weather conditions, especially rain and storms.
- sturdy, enclosed footwear
- strong, lightweight tent—no shelters are provided
- lightweight sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- nourishing lightweight food and high-energy snacks—take extra food in case the walk or ride takes longer than expected.
- hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
- small hand trowel and toilet paper
- torch and batteries
- pocket knife
- topographic map
- lightweight cooking and eating utensils
- container for washing up
- water purification tablets or other method to treat tank water before drinking
- water containers—make sure they’re big enough
- waterproof bags to keep clothing/bedding dry and store rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided on the Conway circuit. All rubbish must be carried out.
- fuel stove and fuel—fires are prohibited on the Conway circuit.
- lighter and waterproof matches.
Permits and fees
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- Find out more about camping on the Conway circuit.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Climate and weather
The region has a well-defined dry season during winter. Average temperatures range from 10–20°C. Between January and March, high humidity, strong seasonal rainfall and average temperatures of 20–30°C make walking less comfortable.
Try to walk or ride between April and September, when conditions are less likely to be very wet or too dry. The trail will be closed during the wet season from the beginning of February to the end of March and at other times if there is no tank water available along the trail. Before you go, check park alerts for information about current access closures and conditions.
Fuel and supplies
You will need to be self-sufficient during your visit to Conway National Park. The nearest supplies are at Airlie Beach.